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Professional Learning Fall 2019

Title: Instructional Coaching for ELA Writing Skills
Facilitator: Katie Ludes
Audience: 6-12 ELA Teachers (Mandatory)
Description: This strand will focus on writing instruction that will assist students in applying grammar in context and responding effectively to prompts for all types/styles of writing.

Session 1: Introduce Writing Workshop and Introducing 6 Traits in 6 Days

Session 2: Teaching the Traits

Session 3: Teaching Argumentative and Informative Writing

Session 4: Building Strong Paragraphs and Sentences

Title: Smekens Literacy Stations
Facilitator: Pam Vigna
Audience: PK-5
Description: In a balanced reading program, the teacher needs to be able to work with small groups of students in order to tailor instruction to meet their needs. In order to allow teachers to work with students in small groups, the other students need to be able to function independently in meaningful activities that provide practice and solidify their learning. Smekens presents 5 literacy centers that can be implemented during the reading block to allow the teacher to work with small groups while the other students work independently and/or with partners. These stations can be called rotations, centers, or stations. It does not matter what they are called, the most important aspect is that students learn the procedures and expectations within each, and can function without disrupting the teacher while he/she is instructing small groups.

Session 1: Implementing Literacy Stations - watch 2 of the 5 videos that explain the literacy stations in detail. Implement these 2 stations and report how these stations are functioning.

Session 2: Watch 1 of the 5 literacy station videos-watch another of the literacy stations videos. Implement this literacy station and report how the stations are functioning.

Session 3: Watch last literacy station video-bring management plan for the implementation of all literacy centers.

Session 4: Share how literacy stations are functioning - share successful tips and problem solve issues that may arise.

Title: STEAM careers
Department Leaders leading discussion: Amy Siefken, Jennifer Rink, Amanda Malsky, Kaitlyn Czernicki
Audience: Everyone
Location: Room 501
Description: Each meeting could involve different professionals working with teachers or the same professionals could come and work to create a unit/project that reflects real-life science/technology/engineering/art/mathematics.

Session 1: What are we currently doing in the district reflecting STEAM ideals?

Session 2: What are some best practices going on that we could replicate?

Session 3: What resources do we need to improve our STEAM practices?

Session 4: What’s the plan?

Title: Behavior Management
Facilitators: Cealy, Michelle, Sarah and Ashley M.
Audience: All teachers
Location: LRC/Room 303
Description: Behavior of students is changing. This affects the learning of all students in the classroom. For students with difficulties, social/emotional achievement can be improved and increase learning for all. Develop a classroom management framework for your classroom to improve classroom behavior, increase student academic engaged time, and motivate students to do their best work. Prevent or intervene to address behavior that might escalate into a disruptive or even violent event. Learn how to practically and humanistically intervene to de-escalate with proven strategies are the main goals of the program/training while ensuring care, welfare, safety and security.

Session 1: Setting & teaching expectations (Ashley and Sarah)

Session 2: Monitoring behavior/Tracking Data (Ashley and Sarah)

Session 3: Disruptive Behavior Prevention (Michelle and Cealy)

Session 4: De-escalation of disruptive behavior (Michelle and Cealy)
Title: Teach Like a Pirate (Book Study)
Facilitators: Jennifer Kenney and Tracy Carlson
Audience: Teachers
Location: Room 500

Description: Participants will need to purchase or obtain a copy of the book Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. ISBN 978-0988217607

This book study will “Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator” as you collaborate with other teachers while reading through Teach Like a Pirate. You will tap into your passion for teaching while transforming your classroom.


Session 1: Part 1- Teach Like a Pirate

Session 2: Part 2 - Crafting Engaging Lessons

Session 3: Part 3 - Building a Better Pirate

Session 4: Bring it all together
Title: Grading
Facilitators: Kent Bugg and Jason Smith
Audience: All Teachers
Location: Room 504
Description: Teachers will research, discuss, and implement grading practices to improve student learning. The intended impact on student learning will be grades that reflect learning and remove the “game” of grades.

Session 1: Discussion on different grading models

Session 2: Discuss what is communicated by a grade

Session 3: Creating a classroom where grades accurately reflect student learning

Session 4: Next steps in grading

Title: Disability Awareness
Facilitators: Mallory Steinke, Sarah Southall, and Lindsey Watters
Audience: General Education Teachers
Location: Room 214
Description: A variety of disabilities will be discussed, as well as the impact seen in the classroom. Strategies to optimize learning will be shared as well as an explanation of different service delivery models (e.g. inclusion, self-contained, cross categorical). All resources would be attained by presenters.

Session 1:  Student disabilities and how they impact the school/classroom environment

Session 2:  Student placement and the difference between delivery models (inclusion, self-contained, cross categorical)

Session 3:  Learning strategies and optimizing learning while following the IEP

Session 4:  How to build an inclusive school culture and create an environment of acceptance and optimal learning experience for all students in all placements
Title: Polar Go-Fit Heart Monitor Training and Data Collection
Facilitator: Brad Schmitt
Audience: 2-12 PE Teachers (Mandatory)
Locations: Room 122/124
Description: Physical Education Teachers will be required to complete a 3 hour tutorial training on how to setup, use and collect the Heart Rate Data from their classes.  We will discuss Heart Rate Science in regards to Resting Heart Rates, Training Heart Rates and Recovery Heart Rates. With this information we will hope to have detailed reports to show students how to achieve a healthy fitness level. Training in September will be the entire time, October, November and December is for the normal 1-hour block of time. 

Session 1: Web Service, GoFit Applications overview and Demonstration Walk Thru. (Entire 2 1/2 hour time block)

Session 2: Heart Rate Science and how to make student Adjustments

Session 3: Tips/Tricks – Shortcuts and suggestions to save time and prevent frustration during class

Session 4: Individual Data Management for Students/Teachers.

Title: Easy IEP Training for new modules and writing measurable IEP goals
Facilitators: Amanda Davidson, Sandy Rakes and Amy Ledvina
Audience: Special education staff-teachers, psychs, OT, SLP, and social workers; anyone writing an IEP (Mandatory)
Location: Room 510
Description: The district has recently acquired five new modules through Easy IEP including Medicaid, billing and the ability for parent access to forms. This training would give staff the opportunity to learn how to navigate these new modules for paperwork completion.  Staff will learn how to develop measurable, achievable, and individualized goals for their students. The sessions will provide a complete overview of new components, timelines necessary for completion of the IEP, parent communication requirements, and development of the IEP goals.

Session 1: New modules of EasyIEP-What is means to be audited and what that entails.

Session 2: EasyIEP training, complete overview with information on presented on what documents (pages) should be sent home, timeline of when components should be completed, and what communication needs to occur prior to the IEP meeting.  AimsWeb goal writing?

Session 3: Writing IEP goals- measurable, achievable, and individualized goals- Present IEP goals that are not acceptable and discuss ways to improve the goals.  Transition goal writing.

Session 4: Writing IEP goals-measurable, achievable, and individualized goals goals continued from session 3.  Teachers will develop mock goals to conclude the session to provide evidence of understanding.
Title: Building a culture of AP
Facilitator: Dave Sinkular and Tyler Castle
Audience: Current AP leaders & any potential AP teachers
Location: Room 505
Description: Preparing students for the AP class and providing some continuity among AP teachers in the building.

Session 1: Connecting with colleagues

Session 2: Coordinating work across the building (what does it look like)

Session 3: How to build for AP at lower levels (8-11)

Session 4: Analyzing results and applying them building wide

Title: Data Analysis of Schoolnet Reports
Audience: Any teacher using Schoolnet and all building administrators
Facilitators: Sharon Swink and Melanie Urquiza
Location: Room 210

Description: This strand will focus on the various reports generated by Schoolnet and what those reports are telling the teachers that have created them. Time will be spent each session analyzing various types of questions, the student result from various assessments and the next steps that could be taken with information from the reports.

Session 1: Overview of reports that can be run on each common or classroom assessment. Learn how to pull reports for analysis.

Session 2: Participants will bring their various reports and the group will break down the types of questions and learn what the data are revealing. Learn about drawing inferences. The reports help us draw inferences on the students, the instruction, the resources, and the assessment itself.

Session 3: This session will focus on assessment literacy. Particular focus will be on assessment validity and reasons for assessing. Participants will bring their plan of action from reports analyzed in Session 2. 

Session 4: Participants will work on new reports in ‘mock’ PLCs, analyzing the information, asking questions, drawing inferences, and creating a plan of action for improvement. The groups will share their findings and their hopes for improvement.

Title: Teacher’s Toolbox for Social/Emotional barriers to learning in the classroom
Audience: Grades 4-12 teachers or aides
Facilitators: Ashley Frizzell & Erin Dransfeldt
Location: Room 408

Description: Teachers will walk away with a physical tool box to keep in their classroom.  During the 4 sessions they will learn about the prevalence of social and emotional concerns in their students.  They will learn to better equip themselves and increase their confidence addressing social/emotional barriers to learning within their classroom.  They will be taught practical reactions and solutions so that students can keep learning and teachers can keep instructing. They will be taught a definitive line when student services is needed as well as what student services does. The focus of these 4 sessions will be keeping kids in the classroom and how this is best for everyone.  

Session 1: Structure of toolbox, purpose and collecting baseline data, pre-test on knowledge of ACES and Trauma informed care and teacher’s level of comfort addressing social/emotional barriers to learning in the classroom..

Session 2: Trauma-informed classrooms, ACE’s study information, physical in classroom toolbox building

Session 3: Discuss baseline data challenges and successes with pilot implementation

Session 4: Post-test reflection on data, challenges, successes.  Q/A time and Post-test on ACES,Trauma informed care, and teacher’s level of comfort addressing social/emotional barriers to learning in the classroom.

Title: Understanding by Design (UbD)
Audience: All teachers
Facilitators: Kaitlyn Czernicki and Emily Hayse
Location: Room 409

Description: Teachers will backwards plan a unit to create a unit plan that is aligned, cohesive, rigorous, differentiated and assessing all applicable standards. This process will ensure that lessons and assessments are directly related to standards and allow you to have an entire unit mapped out before starting the unit. Teachers will need to bring their computers, a copy of their curriculum, a copy of state/national standards related to a unit that will be taught in November/December. Ideally the unit will be wrapping up around the time of our last PD in December.  Other items that might be helpful are previous lesson plans and/or assessments. These are not needed though. 

Session 1: Overview of UbD - What is it and why should I do it?

Teachers will learn about what UbD is and what it can do for their classrooms, organization, and general sanity. By the next session, teachers will choose a unit to look at this semester that will be taught between the November and December sessions. They will make a list of things students should be able to do, things students need to know, and things students need to understand. 

Session 2: October - Process of UbD - This sounds awesome, but how do I do this? 

Teachers will delve deeper into UbD. We’ll look at different ways to structure a UbD as well as what order to think about and plan a unit. Teachers will choose a format that seems like it would fit best for them and start filling in Stage 1 based on their “homework” from session 1. Teachers will now think about and decide what type(s) of assessments will be needed throughout this unit to make sure students are actually reaching the goals in Stage 1. These will be filled out in Stage 2. 

Session 3: November - Creating a unit plan using UbD 

Teachers will discuss the Stage 2’s that teachers worked on and start Stage 3. By the next session, teachers should attempt to implement their unit plans. 

Session 4: Reflection - What now?

Teachers will discuss how their unit plans went. Did the lessons actually lead to the assessments? Did the assessments actually assess the standards at the correct level? What is your evidence that makes you say that your lessons/assessments were effective or not?  If things weren’t as perfect as you hoped, what were the gaps/holes/redundancies/etc. What parts of your unit were better than in the past? What made them that way?

Title: Making and administering formative assessments in Schoolnet
Audience: Teachers Grades 2-12
Facilitator:  Tammy Elledge
Room: Room 212

Description: This strand will teach participants how to build assessments in Schoolnet to quickly receive data to determine the next step in the classroom.

Session 1: The various tools to build assessments. Practice building the different item types.

Session 2: Bring a test to build in Schoolnet that will be administered to students. Learn how to assign the test to students.

Session 3: Analysis of the data from the formative assessment and the various reports available to the teacher from a classroom assessment. Sharing tests with peers.

Session 4: More building of formative assessments for deploying to students.

Title: Making Math Fun with Meaningful Centers
Audience: PK-5
Facilitators: Jennifer Ness
Location: LRC/Room 303

Description: Implementation in classroom sharing centers with cohort for specific skills.

Session 1: I-Ready- We will be setting obtainable, motivating goals that last throughout the year.  We will also discuss how to utilize I-Ready during centers and look at data. This session will be failitated by an I-Ready trainer and I will be assisting.

Session 2: EnVision 2.0/I-Ready- Using the items at our fingertips to reinforce instruction during centers. 

Session 3: Incorporating meaningful extension activities/tasks into centers. We will focus on Guided Math Game Plan, which is a framework we can incorporate with EnVision 2.0.  There will be many PK-5 ideas and hands on learning opportunities. Devin Esparza will be assisting with this session because she has used this program last year.  

Session 4: Station Share- Share your favorite math station with your breakout group.  Be prepared to facilitate a 10-15 minute math station that aligns to curriculum.

Title: Apps and Tech in the World Language Classroom
Audience: World Language Teachers
Facilitator: Tyler Castle
Location: Room 504

Description: Participants will share new apps and tech resources that they have had success with in the classroom. Participants will develop lessons centered around the new resources. Participants will teach their lesson to the group.

Session 1: Discuss and investigate the goals for technology use in the L2 acquisition process, with a focus on specific CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) applications. 

Session 2: Work on creating a lesson plan using a new tech app. 

Session 3: Present lessons to group. 

Session 4: Present lessons to group.

Title: Social Emotional Career Academic Standards
Audience: 6-12 student services department
Facilitator: Michelle Painter
Room: 205

Description: Participants in the student services department will continue work on developing the social emotional career academic standards in the district

Session 1: Review SEL standards per ages and see how they apply to second step and other departmental/grade level lessons

Session 2: Evaluate and expand on lessons using standards

Session 3: continue expanding

Session 4: Look at new implementation for January second step and other curricular and how that will impact student success

Data Review Meetings @ 3:00 p.m.
LA 6-12 Room 210 PE/Health Room 124 Math 6-12 Room 512 Student Services 205
Science 6-12 Room 206 PreK/EC - Room 211 Social Studies 6-12 505 Kindergarten Room 408
1st Grade Room 409 2nd Grade Room 212 3rd Grade Room 213 4th Grade Room 503
5th Grade Room 500 Fine Arts Room 804 World Lang Room 504 CTE Room 209